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Don’t miss our latest e-newsletter! From the Garden to the Table, Free Seminars Saturday, April 22

Click here to read our latest e-news! Straw Bale Gardening, Traditional Vegetable Gardening and Fruit Trees and Berries – feed your family from your own back yard! Call 815-459-8130 or email to let us know you’ll attend!

Don’t miss our e-news, “All About Birds”

Click here for our latest e-newsletter! All About Birds is coming January 28! Don’t miss out this exciting, educational day on back yard birds, birds of prey and meet some of the folks from the McHenry County Audubon Society, Friends of Volo Bog and Moraine Hills State Park! Be sure to let us know you will attend and be entered into our […]

Watch this video on why your evergreen needles are turning brown and falling off.

In case you were unable to open the Fall Need To Know video in our last e-newsletter, I thought I would list it separately. Please click here to watch our latest video on why your evergreen needles are turning brown and dropping and what to do about it. If you ever have questions about your plants, […]

Don’t miss our October 18 e-newsletter, Fall Color – Fall Bulbs – Fall Prep for helpful information about what you should be doing and not doing in the yard at this time of year. Enjoy KC’s new video and don’t miss our specials! Did you know ‘Fall Color’ is actually there all summer long? That’s right, […]

Lightning Bugs October 4, 2016 e-newsletter

Don’t miss our latest e-newsletter about Lightning Bugs, Build A Scarecrow weekend, see our beautiful September Bridal Bouquets and don’t miss our new, ‘favorite reads’ and our October Calendar of what to do in the garden! You’ll know when to fertilize your lawn, divide peonies and so much more. Click here for this issue of Countryside Flower […]

Check out our August 9 e-newsletter for “A Day at the Fair” and Floral Design Workshop

Click here to check out our latest e-news about the McHenry County Fair, Vote for your favorite garden in the Northwest Herald’s Best Home Garden in McHenry County Contest, watch a video on what’s up with your Crabapple Trees, and sign up for our “Sip and Design” Night, Tuesday, August 23 at 6pm!!!

July 12 e-news Perennials, Trees, Sustainable Landscapes, Garden Contest

July 12 e-news This is the month for perennials! As spring blooming perennial flowers fade away, the colors of their foliage and differences in textures add a new look to the garden…now we see the Purple Cone Flowers starting to bloom and hardy hibiscus won’t be far behind! Clematis are looking good in the landscape as […]

Dads, Natives, Pollinators and Privacy!

Click here to view our June 14 e-newsletter! When reality hits and privacy is needed, stop in and let us help create the perfect place for sunbathing… I mean, the perfect place where ‘dad’ can feel relaxed, secluded, protected… Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful men out there who go over and beyond to […]

Frost Warning!

We might see some temperatures in the 30’s tonight! Move potted annuals, tender vegetables and tropical plants indoors. If planted in the ground be sure to cover with an old sheet or cloth to protect them. Never cover with plastic! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call! 815-459-8130

Caring for your potted Easter Lily, Tulips, Hyacinths and Daffodils

Once the flower has faded on your bulb plant, remove the flower stalk, but not the leaves. Find a sunny space in your garden that would be the perfect spot for spring color. Dig your hole about 8 inches deep and as wide as the pot your plant is in. Stir bulb food or bone […]

Pre Order Early Spring Items and Save

New this year! Pre-order our biggest spring selling plants and products NOW and save 10% Off your order! No worries of us selling out. Once you have placed your order, the greenhouse staff will take care to continue growing your plants and as soon as they are grown up enough to leave our ‘nursery’ we will give you […]

Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea

Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea LOVE, Love, love looking at the Hydrangea pictures and can’t wait to see them blooming in the landscape after this cold winter! Look thru our online plant finder to see all the wonderful Hydrangeas we carry in the nursery! Start planning for your spring plantings now. The Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea is one hydrangea you […]

Free Seminar, “Moon Gardens”

“Moon Gardens” Free Seminar Wednesday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy an evening of the full moon with our “Moon Gardens” presentation by Sue Rancak! Learn how to create the perfect setting for evening get-together. Create a peaceful place with plants with white flowers, bright foliage and fragrant blooms. Combine a mix annuals, […]

Suzanne Koeppen Awarded Grant

Congratulations to Countryside Floral Designer, Suzanne Koeppen! “Suzie” was awarded the ISFA/Bill Blythe Education Endowment Grant at the 2015 Illinois State Florist Association, Spring Conference! Suzie began designing at Countryside Flower Shop in 2010 while finishing her degree at McHenry County College. She graduated from MCC with an Applied Science Degree in Horticulture with an […]

Countryside Floral Designer Awarded Grant!

Congratulations to Countryside Floral Designer, Suzanne Koeppen! “Suzie” was awarded the ISFA/Bill Blythe Education Endowment Grant at the 2015 Illinois State Florist Association, Spring Conference! Suzie began designing at Countryside Flower Shop in 2010 while finishing her degree at McHenry County College. She graduated from MCC with an Applied Science Degree in Horticulture with an […]

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Jennifer Hunt, AIFD, CFD, ICPF : Floral Art For AIFD

Countryside Flower Shop Manager, Jennifer Hunt, AIFD, CFD, ICPF, was one of the designers for the American Institute of Floral Design North Central Chapter, Exhibition at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier. The AIFD’s exhibit theme was ‘Rebirth’. Here are a couple pictures of Jennifer’s floral art interpretation of ‘Rebirth’.

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Kim Hartmann ICN Pro, MG, honored as “The ICN Pro of the Year”

Kim Hartmann ICN Pro, MG, was honored as “The ICN Pro of the Year” at the Illinois Green Industry Annual Dinner held at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.   Hartmann was recognized by her peers in the horticulture industry for her leadership role and tireless efforts in further educating those in the industry […]

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Did you know?

Countryside is McHenry County’s largest aquatics retailer. We offer everything for your backyard pond or fountain, and can even help you install and maintain your aquatic habitat. Our Aquatic Products Include: •       Ponds •       Statuary •       Fountains •       Lilies and aquatic plants •       Water gardens •        Fish •       […]

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Saturday, March 14: Pruning, Gardening, and more!

9:30 Pruning Trees & Shrubs Nursery Manager, Karen Campney, ICN PRO will demonstrate proper pruning techniques to get your trees, shrubs and evergreens in shape and off to a healthy, beautiful start this year! 11:30 Getting Your Gardens
 Ready for Spring! Soil preparation, proper mulching, fertilizing, pest and disease prevention…everything you need to know besides pruning, […]